Is laser dentistry appropriate for children?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dental Health |

Is-laser-dentistry-appropriate-for-childrenSome kids are afraid of the dentist.

There’s just no way of getting around that, and the sooner parents understand that – and remember how nervous they were about visiting the dentist as children themselves – the better off everyone will be.

Parents should talk to their children about the dentist in a way that desensitizes them to their nervousness and anxiety. But parents should also be able to talk to their dentists about moving forward with less invasive and significantly less painful dental procedures like laser dentistry, for example.

Laser dentistry has completely changed the landscape of dental solutions for children as well as adults, and in many cases is considered to be the ultimate “pain-free” solution as opposed to drilling and shooting children up with Novocain.

Even still, there are some parents that aren’t quite sure whether or not this relatively new technology (laser dentistry has only been approved by the FDA since 1997, after all) is safe enough for children.

So, the question is, is laser dentistry safe for children?

You bet it is!

“Light saber” technology used by dental offices all over the United States – and the rest of the world, for that matter – are considered to be significantly safer to use in the frequently sensitive mouths of small children than traditional high-speed drilling operations.

High-speed drills are definitely great at doing some “heavy lifting” when it comes to removing tooth decay and repairing issues in a child’s mouth, but they also sound and look really scary. Parents and children alike just don’t want to have to deal with that kind of headache any longer.

Thankfully, though, the new laser technology available on the market today (which continues to get better and better on a routine basis) is almost as good right now at removing that same tooth decay and performing the exact same procedures as traditional drills.

What’s more, lasers get the job done without any loud noises, spinning devices, or nerve-racking drills. Children are going to be able to relax when it comes time for a laser treatment, and though it’s going to take a little bit longer for a laser treatment compared to a traditional drill operation, most kids are fascinated by the laser and how it works. That makes the time pass by faster while they’re in the dentist’s chair.

Dentists like in All Brite Dental in the Downriver Area of Michigan have been using these kinds of tools for some time now, and continue to educate parents about the benefits that laser tools have to offer. Learn more about laser dentistry and discover everything that Dr. Zia Rafiq has to offer on the subject.